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I am new to the forum and have a quick question I know someone can help me with. I own an Ariens Deluxe 28 which I purchased brand new in 2015, only to use it once last winter. Well, I left some gas in the tank and now it won't start. I have done some research on the forum and everything is telling me to drain the fuel and try fresh fuel before anything else. My question is how do I do this. Can I drain all the fuel through the screw underneath the carb? I know this is a complete rookie mistake but any help would be greatly appreciated.

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if the carb is not all screwed up I would just dump fresh gas in there to mix with old and burn that up. but if the carb is gummed up then you are looking at a rebuild. every time the carb goes down on SR. I farm that job off to my jet mechanic next door neighbor. the only thing I can do is screw those Bloody things up.

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Thanks for the reply. What is the easiest way to know if the carb is the problem?
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When you remove the bolt at the bottom of the carb, does anything that does not look like clean gas come out?
If so, then you need to remove carb and do some serious cleaning.
If it is clean, you can drain the old gas, put new gas with Sea Foam (up to 50/50 mix) and try starting it.
Don't forget to check the spark plug. If the sea foam does not help, remove the carb and clean it.
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Thanks for the help, I'll let you guys know how I make out.
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does your carb bowl have two bolts ? if so, only remove the one thats on an angle to drain it. the bolt that goes straight up from the bottom holds the bowl on.

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does your carb bowl have two bolts ? if so, only remove the one thats on an angle to drain it. the bolt that goes straight up from the bottom holds the bowl on.
I use that angled screw on the bowl to drain the fuel tank since the hoses are not that easy to get at. The center mounted bolt tightens the bowl against a very small gasket which moves out of position if loosened. Quite the job to replace, not like other carbs that use a large gasket that tends to stay put if the center bolt is loosened.

If you turn off the gas and drain the fuel from the bowl in a container you may see some liquid at the bottom of the gas that will not mix with gas. It is water sodden alcohol that will not burn. Toss that and open the fuel drain and see if you get more "water". If not the engine should start on the remaining fuel. Fuel without ethanol will last without additional chemicals.

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Wouldn't turning off the gas feed and running the engine dry prevent gumming up the carb?
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Wouldn't turning off the gas feed and running the engine dry prevent gumming up the carb?
I think that would reduce the problem because the fuel height in the bowl and jets would be reduced. However, there would still be fuel to go bad. Draining the carb bowl would eliminate the possibility of a problem.

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Hi All -

Thanks a lot for all the replies, definitely appreciate it! I ended up taking out the small bolt to the carburetor bowl and drained it (I am pretty sure I previously flooded it). Then I turned the fuel switch on and the remaining gas poured out. All of the fuel coming out looked fine so I replaced with fresh gas. 2 pulls and its started up fine, some smoke came out and blew the cobwebs off but I think I am ready for the winter.

I may change the oil out and grease the points even though I literally only used for one storm we had last winter. Any thoughts on this - necessary?

Thanks again,

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